The Folding camera type covers cameras where the front lens element and shutter are fitted to a flexible bellows assembly which allows the camera to ‘fold’ up to a smaller size. This type of camera was very popular for medium format film where large negatives could be produced with small body cameras, and was also used with 35mm film to make miniature cameras.

Rodenstock folding camera

This is a review and description of a Rodenstock folding camera which I recently bought from eBay UK. Rodenstock has a good reputation for producing lenses, being the original manufacturers of some of the lenses in the Kodak Retina series of cameras, but this is the first camera I’ve seen made by the company. Rodenstock Folding Camera Images My Rodenstock Folding Camera This is the third folding camera I’ve bought in the last few weeks. The other two were a […]

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Voigtlander Bessa f/7.7 folding camera

This is a look at a Voigtlander Bessa folding camera which was made in about 1930-34 and takes 8 large negatives on a roll of 120 format film. Voigtlander Bessa Images My Voigtlander Bessa camera This camera was another eBay purchase although it was a little bit of a blind purchase because the seller described the camera simply as ‘old camera’ and only included two pictures of if. Since both the pictures were fuzzy and indistinct, I couldn’t really make […]

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Butcher’s Watch Pocket Carbine No 4 camera

This post looks at a medium format folding camera which was made sometime around the time of the first world war – the Butcher’s Watch Pocket Carbine. Butcher’s Watch Pocket Carbine Images My Butcher’s Watch Pocket Carbine camera I bought this camera from eBay and was mostly driven to make the purchase by the name, which intrigued me. I could understand why the camera had the Watch Pocket part of the name – presumably it is small enough to fit […]

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Nagel Vollenda folding camera

This is a pictorial post about the Nagel Vollenda folding camera which was made by Dr. August Nagel in, probably, the 1930s. Nagel Vollenda Images My Nagel Vollenda camera I picked this camera up from eBay uk for a total of £15 including postage. I initially became interested in it simply because it is a folding camera and I wanted to increase the ‘folders’ section of my collection. However, once I looked at the pictures of it on the sellers […]

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Agfa Karat viewfinder camera with strap lugs

This is a very short pictorial review of the model of  Agfa Karat viewfinder camera which has strap lugs fitted to the top cover. In functionality, it is identical to the Agfa Karat f/3.5 which I covered in a previous post, so this article is just a description of my particular camera and some images of the camera. All the pictures in this post can be viewed full size here. My Camera This camera was bought from eBay as a […]

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Voigtlander Vito 35mm Folding camera

The Voigtlander Vito is a 35mm folding camera fitted with a Prontor II shutter, a Voigtlander Skopar 50mm f/3.5 lens and was made just after the second world war in about 1947. Voigtlander Vito Images My Voigtlander Vito Camera I bought this camera from ebay for about £5 which is a reasonably good price to acquire a Voigtlander. I think the reasons the camera didn’t make more were because the seller described it as an ‘old camera’ and not a […]

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Agfa Karat 35mm folding viewfinder camera

The Karat series of cameras was made by Agfa from the mid 1930’s to the mid 1950’s. The model I am describing here is the Agfa Karat 3.5 which was made just before the second world war. Agfa Karat Images My Agfa Karat Camera I found this camera on eBay in an auction and bought it, in an unknown condition, for £6.30. The Karat is a camera which I’d seen in various ‘buy it now’ sales but they always seemed […]

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Zeiss Ikon Contina I 35mm folding camera.

The Zeiss Ikon Contina I is a 35mm camera with a set of bellows which allows the lens to be collapsed into the body of the camera making a slimmer, more compact camera. This style of design was popular in the mid 1950s when this camera was made. Zeiss Ikon Contina I Images My Zeiss Ikon Contina I Camera This camera was one I bought just because it came up on one of my regular trawls through ebay looking for […]

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Zeiss Ikon Nettar II type 517/16

This post describes a Zeiss Ikon Nettar II folding camera which was made in about 1949 and takes type 120 film. I’ve identified it as type 517/16 by referring to the camera wiki site. Zeiss Ikon Nettar II Images My Zeiss Ikon Nettar II Camera I acquired this camera in a slightly different way than I normally find cameras because I bought it from a charity shop rather than from eBay. I suspect that the price I paid of £5 […]

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Kodak Retinette 35mm folding camera

The Kodak Retinette series was a simplified and cheaper version of the Kodak Retina camera and was made between 1939 and 1966 during which time the design changed from a folding to a solid frame camera. The version in this post is a Retinette type 017, which was the last folding version made. Kodak Retinette Images My Kodak Retinette Camera I bought this camera a few weeks ago in an untested condition for £10. The cosmetic condition is quite reasonable for […]

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Kodak Retina IIa 35mm rangefinder folding camera

This is the first part of my review of the Kodak Retina IIa 35mm rangefinder camera. I’ll cover the use of the camera and show some sample pictures in the next part – in this part I’m going to describe the Retina and also my particular copy. Kodak Retina IIa Images My Kodak Retina IIa Camera I wanted to buy a Retina ever since I stumbled across Chris Sherlock’s retinarescue.com site a few months ago. I would recommend any camera collector visit […]

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Voigtlander Bessa 66 sample pictures

Over the last few weeks I’ve been carrying my Voigtlander Bessa 66 folding camera with me loaded with a reel of Ilford HP5+ in order to test how the camera performs. Being a very old camera (made sometime between 1938 and 1941) it’s always possible that there is a leak in the bellows, a problem with the lens or some other issue and there may be nothing on the negatives at all, but that moment of extracting the developed film […]

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Ensign selfix 20 medium format camera

This Ensign Selfix 20 camera was made in the UK in the early 1930’s by Ensign & Co, and takes 8 pictures on a roll of 120 film, each picture being approx 6cm x 9cm. Ensign Selfix 20 Images My Ensign Selfix 20 Camera I picked up this camera from eBay for only a few pounds and bought it because I’d been impressed with the quality of my Selfix 1620 and wanted to see what other cameras made by Ensign […]

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Voigtlander Bessa 66 medium format camera

The Voigtlander Bessa 66 is a very compact, 6cm x 6cm, folding camera which takes 12 pictures on a roll of 120 or 620 film. It was made in Germany sometime between 1938 and 1941. Voigtlander Bessa 66 Images My Voigtlander Bessa 66 Camera Unfortunately my camera has a small amount of damage. There should be a fold out yellow filter attached to the front of the lens but it’s been snapped off sometime over the course of the last […]

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Observations when shooting with a folding camera

I recently loaded a roll of FP4+ black & white film in my Selfix 1620 and took it for a spin around the town. Because it’s been a very long time since I took photographs with a medium format folding camera, I thought I’d record my impressions and observations. The first thing I realised quite early on is that you have to do everything manually in order to capture the picture. OK – that’s obvious I suppose, but although I […]

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